Cafe64: A corner of London in Ranya

When I think of London, my reminiscences of cosy cafes, little corner shops and my hands hugging a warm cup while it rains outside makes me feel like it is a poets New Year's eve... Could it be that I can now take a car drive to Ranya to breathe in a sprinkle of London?... Continue Reading →

The Corona Funeral

It is October. My favourite month of the year. Like all my mornings, on the second day of October, I woke up and sat outside. It was a different type of morning, with cool breeze through my hair I swung on our swing to the sound of birds and the sight of a few of... Continue Reading →

Five ways forward: Local produce and products

Hello Loyal Reader! Small businesses' survival heavily relies on their local communities, as a country there is a lot we can do to facilitate their success, I am not a specialist, but here are five ways forward, that we can implement with little budget: Each of the three cities need an allocated location with very... Continue Reading →

An Identity Crisis?

Some questions haunt us for life, for me, as I have entered the third decade of my life, sometimes the idea of identity remains unanswered in my mind… Recently I have come across a lot of remarks such as: ‘I am citizen of the world’ ‘belonging to the world’ ‘the world is my home’ and... Continue Reading →

A little Maldives experience in Erbil

Hello Loyal Reader! Today, after five days at a friend’s village house overlooking majestic mountains and the breath-taking river in Rezan, a two-hour drive from the heart of Hawler (the new tunnel is magic. I swear). It feels as though I am packing to return home from a Maldives trip. No exaggeration. We have breakfast... Continue Reading →

Spring Nights and My Neighbourhood

Loyal reader, allow me, this evening, to take you to our neighbourhood. There is something magical about spring nights in Hawler. It is as if the entire neighbourhood has come out form their winter hibernation. At 6:30 as the Mulla of the local mosque calls for the Maghreb prayer every child runs inside, everything is... Continue Reading →

The Harvard Foodie of Kurdistan – PART I

Hello there! The Corona Virus has become the world's biggest social experiment; testing marriages, relationships, family dynamics, patience and effects of loneliness. It has also revealed a Kurdish husband's cooking potential, a human being's ability to open the same fridge 30 times in 25 minutes; revolutionised our perception of the sacred job of hair dressers;... Continue Reading →

Yearning for my nest…

My heart is yearning for the Kurdistani spring.. As my government has announced a 48-hour lockdown, and more than three weeks into isolation- today there was not a single heart beat in the roads of my city. What is fresh air and oxygen without souls of people to inhale it? I am yearning to smell... Continue Reading →

If only it was also like Corona…

Hello in the time of Corona, We are locked down and locked in. You see, in the time of Corona everything is different in my part of the world. Social life is different. Cafe's are different. Health care is different. Education is different. Awareness campaigns are different. We shop differently. Think differently. Talk differently. You... Continue Reading →

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